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Bangkok’s air-pollution alarming, rain-making being considered

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Bangkok’s air-pollution alarming, rain-making being considered | The Thaiger

PHOTO: An eerie start to Sunday in Bangkok – The Nation

Bangkok’s air pollution has reached dangerous levels for multiple days in the past few weeks.

Today, air pollution in the greater Bangkok area was again threatening residents’ health. The amount of PM2.5 – airborne dust particles 2.5 microns in diameter or less – exceeded the safe level of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air along roads in 19 places.

Bangkok’s Chatuchak district was choking on 96 micrograms per cubic metre and Nakhon Pathom’s Muang district 99. Saphan Kwai and Charoen Krung in Bangkok were also badly affected.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration instructed district offices to clean roads every day and spray water in the air to curb dust. Operators of construction sites were told to prevent dust from spreading.

The Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department are being approached to be ready to carry out cloud seeding once the weather is suitable for the operation to help ease the worsening air pollution in and around Bangkok.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, meanwhile, has reportedly ordered all the district offices in the city to clean up roads on daily basis and, at the same time, to send water trucks to spray water into the air to reduce fine dust particles and to strictly check car emissions and construction sites.

Blaming close weather with cloudy sky, morning fog and stale air, the Pollution Control Department reported today that air quality in 19 areas close to the roads is health threatening with the amount of PM2.5 dust particles ranging from 63-96 microgram/cubic metre against the standard level of 50 mg/cum.

Air pollution levels in some of the 19 roadside areas are between 71 and 92 mg/cum.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 7 million people die every year because of exposure to both outdoor and household air pollution. In 2013 it classified PM2.5 as a carcinogen, noting that the tiny particles easily enter the respiratory system and blood vessels to cause harm.

SOURCE: The Nation | Thai PBS

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Cabinet waives tolls for 8 days over Songkran break

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Cabinet waives tolls for 8 days over Songkran break | The Thaiger

Thailand’s cabinet has decided to waive tolls on the Bangkok-Pattaya and Bangkok-Bang Pa-in-Bang Phli motorways starting April 10 until midnight on April 18. This takes in the main Songkran break between April 12 – 14 and the annual ‘seven days of danger’.

A Cabinet spokesperson say that a large number of people are expected to leave Bangkok for the provinces during the annual Songkran festival, so the cabinet decided to waive the toll fees to make travel a bit easier and less expensive.

Official holidays for the Songkran festival are from April 12-16, but many families are expected to set out 1-2 days before to avoid heavy traffic on the three main arteries to the northern, northeastern and southern regions.

The Transport Company will be adding extra buses to cope with the increased volumes of travellers and airlines have added flights to the schedule, while more trains will be provided during the holiday period.

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75 year old mauled to death by pitbulls in Nonthaburi

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75 year old mauled to death by pitbulls in Nonthaburi | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Sanook

A family have returned home to find the 75 year old Grandmother had been attacked and mauled by the family’s six pit bull terriers.

The woman, named Iat, was lying in a pool of blood outside the house in Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya, Bangkok.

Sanook reports that she had been bitten all over suffering dozens of bites was already deceased.

The family’s six pit bull terriers were put back in their cage and the police were called. The woman was home alone with the dogs while her daughter, son-in-law and child were out.

Police speculate the dogs were stressed in the heat or were affected by some strange smell. The report doesn’t mention what action is being taken against the dogs.

SOURCE: Sanook

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BKK taxi driver returns 400,000 baht to Danish tourist

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BKK taxi driver returns 400,000 baht to Danish tourist | The Thaiger

Usually maligned, it’s great to post a good-news story about Bangkok’s taxi drivers. A capital city cabbie is being praised after returning a bag containing 400,000 baht to a Danish tourist.

T News reports that Somsri Ralat picked up the Danish tourist and his Thai wife at BKK airport and was taking them to their Hotel in Bang Yai yesterday afternoon.

But after they arrived, and the taxi had departed, they realized they left a bag containing cash and documents in the back seat of the taxi.

Back in the taxi, when he arrived back at Suvarnabhumi, the driver contacted staff to ask for help in tracking down the couple.

A couple of hours later the couple were re-united with their bag at the airport.

Managing Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Suthirawat Suwannawat says Mr Somsri was a credit to Thailand and his actions would be good for the country’s image among foreign tourists.

Of course he was only doing the right thing but often taxi drivers get a bad rap for their behaviour. And the bad stories get most of the media space. So it’s nice to have a happy ending to this taxi story.

It wasn’t reported but one of the pictures indicate Somsri was rewarded for his honesty.

Passengers who leave personal belongings in the back of a taxi they have taken from Survanabhumbi can contact the Taxi Service Center, on 02 132 0360 or the AOT Contact Centre on 1722, 24 hours a day.


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